Shiloh Military Park to expand Corinth unit
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 8:28 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — The Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission and Shiloh National Military Park are working on an agreement for the National Park Service to begin managing 800 acres of Civil War battlefield property even before a formal transfer is completed.
Officials want park rangers to begin maintenance at the properties right away.
The property transferred was provided for by Congress in December in the appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The transition is likely to take as long as a year.
Details of the property transfer that must be completed before the National Park Service will accept the donation from the Siege and Battle Commission include environmental assessments, surveys, title searches of the properties and other matters that will take a number of months.
Commission Chairwoman Rosemary Williams said local officials are concerned about maintaining the properties at an acceptable level until the property transfer takes place without a costly effort.
“We’ve made all these sites accessible with interpretive signs, benches, bright lights, trash receptacles and walking paths to get to the earthworks,” she said. “The National Park Service will have relatively little work to do to prepare for visitors.”
Congress authorized the National Park Service to add land to the Corinth Unit, which is 22 miles southwest of Tennessee’s Shiloh park.
Published in The Messenger 3.12.08